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May Circle refurbishment marks 100 years of Honours Avenue

May Circle unveiling
RSLWA President Peter Aspinall (second from left), alongside Minister Tinley and Governor Kim Beazley at Saturday’s event in Kings Park.

IT’S a location steeped in history that commemorates WA’s fallen, but can you believe it’s 100 years since the first tree was planted on Honours Avenue in Kings Park?

Each magnificent gum tree and assigned memorial plaque honours a fallen serviceman or woman, from WWI through to modern times.

To mark the occasion, a special service was held this weekend, in which a refurbishment of May Circle was opened by WA Governor Kim Beazley and Veterans Affairs Minister Peter Tinley.

RSLWA donated $120,000 to the project, after it was bequeathed in a deceased estate.

The May Circle Project included road resurfacing with red bitumen to make the precinct stand out, landscaping for ceremonies, a low sitting wall, drinking fountain and educational material.

Highgate and Honour Avenues Group (HAG) member Robin Slater gave a talk on the history of Honour Avenues, while explaining the role of Highgate’s HAG volunteers.

The event was well attended by members of Highgate RSL, the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, community groups and members of the public.

If you’d like to learn more about how to leave a gift in your will to support the work of RSLWA, specially our Help Our Heroes campaign, please click here.

 

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